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Virtual Coaching Specialization

Master the art of training clients online! Earn more, expand your reach and take your training business to the next level.


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Course Highlights

  • 9 In-Depth Chapters
  • Revolutionary Digital Learning Platform
  • 34 Infographics & 9 Printable Handouts
  • 9 Lecture & Demonstration Videos
  • 9 Chapter Quizzes
  • 1 Year to Complete the Final Exam
  • Complete in as Few as 2-4 Weeks
  • 100% Online; Access on All Devices

Virtual Coaching Specialist



What You’ll Learn

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The future of fitness is here. Be a part of it.

The NASM Virtual Coaching Specialization’s immersive online experience will equip you with the skills, tools, and strategies necessary to launch, operate, or transition your current fitness or wellness business to a successful online coaching business.

By doing so, you'll open yourself to a whole new world of opportunities. You'll also be able to help clients from around the world anywhere and anytime. It’s the ultimate flexibility as a trainer while also creating new revenue streams.

As part of this specialization, you will learn the skills and knowledge necessary to conduct and modify fitness assessments online, how to cue clients in an online environment, how to run your business digitally, effective sales and marketing strategies, and much more!

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Increase your client base and effectively coach in an online environment.

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Understand the tools and strategies needed to take your career online and to new heights


Revolutionary Digital Learning Platform

NASM's Virtual Coaching Specialization provides you everything you need to take your career online quickly, easily, and affordably. With our revolutionary digital learning platform, you can study any time, anywhere, and on any device! Take a quick tour below to see all of the platform's useful tools and features.

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A fitness or wellness credential or a bachelor's degree is recommended but not required. This course is intended for personal trainers, wellness professionals, life/accountability coaches, nutrition coaches, group fitness instructors, PE teachers, and youth sports coaches.

Chapter 1: Introduction to Virtual Coaching
Virtual coaching provides the ability to train more clients, avoid geographical limitations, and increase revenue but comes with certain challenges as well. This course provides the necessary business, physical training, behavioral and technological knowledge necessary to build a thriving virtual training business.

Chapter 2: Building a Business
A sustainable business requires strategic planning and considerations that extend beyond having knowledge of exercise science principles. This chapter will provide information related to financial forecasting, budgeting, bookkeeping, sales & marketing, and how to differentiate your virtual coaching business in a competitive marketplace.

Chapter 3: Technology Considerations
From filming high-quality videos to choosing the correct video conferencing software, this chapter will review the necessary and ancillary technologies that will help fitness professionals develop, run, and scale a successful virtual training business.

2 Infographics

3 Videos

3 Printable Handouts

2 Infographics

3 Videos

3 Printable Handouts

Chapter 4: Communication and Coaching Strategies
Communication is necessary to establish and maintain a trusting trainer-client relationship. This chapter will review best practices for virtual communication from the initial visit to explaining programs and maintaining compliance.

Chapter 5: Administering Virtual Assessments
Based on your client’s goal, sport, or previous injuries, it is important to develop a baseline and ongoing assessments to achieve outcomes in the safest and most efficient manner possible. This chapter will review how to develop and execute comprehensive assessments in a remote capacity utilizing technology and other resources.

Chapter 6: Implementing Coaching Sessions
Recommendations and guidance for appropriate spacing, flooring, lighting, camera angles, equipment, and coaching cues will all be provided in this chapter.

10 Infographics

3 Videos

5 Printable Handouts

10 Infographics

3 Videos

5 Printable Handouts

Chapter 7: Integrating Wearables into Virtual Coaching
This chapter will focus on education and validation of health and performance of common wearable biometrics, the development of data-driven programs, and how to leverage wearable data for compliance monitoring and client reinforcement to maintain motivation and retention.

Chapter 8: Selling Virtual Coaching
Understanding individual expertise and personal goals will help fitness professionals develop a niche, unique selling proposition, and pricing model to differentiate from the competition and drive sales.

Chapter 9: Marketing Virtual Coaching
Fitness professionals must be savvy and possess a working knowledge of marketing strategies to attract potential clients. This chapter will review marketing resources, the 4 P’s of marketing, and how to leverage social media and referrals to attract new virtual clients.

22 Infographics

3 Videos

1 Printable Handout

22 Infographics

3 Videos

1 Printable Handout

After the completion of the course, you will take an online final exam from the comfort of your own home or wherever you prefer to take tests. The exam consists of 100 questions and there is a time limit of 90 minutes. You must pass with a scaled score of 70% or better.


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You will have 365 days from the day of enrollment to take your final exam.

You will have 3 attempts to pass the final exam. If you do not pass all 3 attempts, you may purchase a retest by contacting Member Services.
NASM-VCS is approved for Continuing Education Units (CEUs) by the following organizations:
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1.5 CEUs

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15 CEUs

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2.9 CECs

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10 CIMSPA Endorsed CPD Points

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2 Learning Hours

To obtain the Lifelong Learning L3 Online Provision of Fitness Qualification from EREPs, you must be a registered EREPs member in good standing.

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1.5 CEUs

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15 CEUs

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2.9 CECs

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10 CPD Points

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2 Learning Hours

Once you pass your final exam, your NASM-VCS specialization certificate never expires and does not require you to renew.
The final exam is administered online within your student portal. There are 100 test questions. There is a 90 minute time limit and you must pass with a scaled score of 70% or better.

Why Train Clients Online?

  • Coach clients from around the world, anywhere and anytime
  • Expand your clientele, creating a new revenue stream
  • Maintain social distancing, particularly for high-risk clients
  • Foster engaging and effective online relationship with your client
  • Be your own boss; learn how to create a business plan to launch your virtual career
  • Train clients from the comfort of your home
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"In the midst of the current pandemic, virtual coaching has never been more important. As fitness professionals, we are on the frontlines of maintaining and optimizing our client’s health and fitness without direct contact or guaranteed access to facilities. From developing a specialized business plan to integrating synergistic technology, The Fundamentals of Virtual Coaching provides fitness professionals with the skills, tools, and strategies to operate a scalable virtual coaching business that fosters improved client outcomes, relationships, and financial success."


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"Virtual personal training and nutrition coaching is here to stay. If you aren't online, you're at the back of the line. Personal training careers go far beyond gym walls, and with the NASM Virtual Training Specialization course, you'll be thoroughly prepared to launch your business and take it next level - virtually!"


Keridon McMahon

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Why Choose NASM

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For almost 40 years, the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) has been at the forefront of training technology, science, and strategy. By choosing one of our courses, you can trust you're getting the best and most well-researched product on the market that integrates with the fundamentals of training you’ve already learned.

NASM is the gold standard for fitness certification and specializations for a reason: we build content that provides results for personal trainers. Our Virtual Coaching course is no exception. As a business that prides itself on online learning, we know how to teach you how to train your clients similarly. We've taken everything you love about in-person training and developed a method for converting it seamlessly to a virtual format. No hassle. Just results. Don’t wait. Start helping clients around the world online today!


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